Bread Matters: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own by Andrew Whitley
I am so happy with this book it is unbelievable! I feel like it was written just for me. I have been baking my own bread (no bread maker) for years now and it has always been hit or miss. I always wonder what I did wrong or right for that matter! I bake a loaf of bread or two a week. Some very lovely, others not so. Why does my bread turn out this way?
This book comes to the rescue! I cannot believe how much information is packed in! First the author starts out by explaining exactly why we should all each and every single one of us, make our own bread and stop forever from buying "bread" in the store. He provides a whole host of reasons for doing so and I totally agree...why else would I be baking all this bread every week?
Anyway, from there he goes into the basics of bread making and starts with basic loaf recipes. He covers it all. He explains sourdough breads, making them from yeast or wild yeast's. Sweet breads and pies are even included. For those you with gluten issues, he provides a lot of reason why he feels so many of us can no longer digest wheat and gives plenty of recipes for gluten free home baking.
There are full color picture sections showing off the various baked wonders that are the recipes in the book.
I have read several bread books and so far, none compare to this one. I have already baked yummy breads from his recipes and feel that after all these years I am finally on my way to doing this bread thing the right way. This book is bread making for everybody. It is simply fantastic! I love it!
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